Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Dying To Be Thin

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This week, we watched the documentary ‘Dying To Be Thin’, which showcased women struggling with anorexia. I knew about this disease but I was really happy to see the spotlight this documentary placed on eating disorders within the dancing community. As a former dancer, I felt the pressure to be thin, heard about how all the best ballerinas were slender. One girl I knew struggled with anorexia, she was a ballerina as well as a swimmer. In order to achieve her “ideal” weight, this girl would starve herself while drinking copious amounts of water so that her body would still put out waste, taking even more weight off. Watching her change her clothes was painful, her hip bones protruded so obviously yet she still complained about needing to lose more in preparation for a recital. The documentary also did a great job discussing the toll eating disorders take on the body, you’re not just affecting your stomach or your weight, you’re depriving yourself of essential nutrients that the other organs need to function. Finally, I found it interesting when some of the patients discussed what underlying circumstances had led them to anorexia, and how at the end of the day, it was more about having control over something than losing weight.

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